Porter Meet Luna Bijl
10th August 2018
Resume: After signing to London agency Premier at age 15, Bijl’s accolades have since included being the first model to have two Vogue Paris covers in one year, starring in campaigns for Chloé and Louis Vuitton, and gracing the runways of major labels including Chanel, Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney.
I LIKE TO KEEP BOTH FEET ON THE GROUND. I live at home with my dad and my dog, Diesel, in the Netherlands’ countryside. I lived in New York before, but I travel so much that it doesn’t really matter where I’m based. The best thing about where I live is the freedom, nature and that I’m surrounded by my friends. I think it’s good to have a balance between a busy life and a quiet one.
THE REALITY OF MODELING WAS A SHOCK. I didn’t know what I was getting into at all; when I first came to New York, I was 17 and on my own. I lived in a model apartment with five other girls in one room – you just have to get a MetroCard and figure it out. But I did enjoy it because you become really close with the girls in the house; because I started this way, I really appreciate everything that I have now.
I WAS ALWAYS ONE OF THE BOYS GROWING UP, always playing outside. I was known for going to school in my sweatpants! I do pay way more attention to what I wear now because it makes me feel good. Now I’m either sporty or I try to be elegant, there’s no in-between.
I LOVE SNEAKERS. I have a whole collection; Nike Air Max, normal Nikes, Nike Jordan, Reeboks… I have a lot. I have so many, I don’t think I can count them.
I TRAVEL SO MUCH but I still suck at packing. I never know what to bring. I always forget socks or underwear or something stupid. I’m a bit chaotic.
I’LL PLAY ANY SPORT, I love anything with action. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t go clubbing – I have a personal trainer at home, one in Paris and one in New York, so whenever I travel I try to see them. And I live in the countryside, so I can run or I can go mountain biking. I do a lot of interval training and a lot of boxing. I love it; I don’t think of anything else when I’m boxing.
I’VE HAD TO CHANGE HOW I EAT, but that’s part of the job. Some people have to study to stay in their job, I have to watch my food and work out, it’s how it is. I am on a diet but I don’t only eat salad. If I’m hungry, I’ll eat, and if I want cake, then I’ll eat cake. I’m not going to starve myself – I think that’s torture.
I’M ALWAYS OUTSIDE. I have a little boat in the countryside and I live close to a lake – if the weather is good, I take my friends out with some music and food and we just hang out and chill. I don’t watch any television; I don’t even have a laptop.
Follow Luna on Instagram @mxlunaa